Are you still struggling with stubborn belly fat that simply refuses to go away, even with a strict diet and heavy workouts? A cosmetic procedure called abdominoplasty is the solution to all your tummy flab problems. One of the safest and most widely practiced plastic surgery procedures, the abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck as it is colloquially known, is a highly safe and effective way to achieve a perfectly contoured and flat tummy without having to spend forever on the treadmill or starve yourself with fad diets.

Why Do People Come In for a Tummy Tuck?

Those with loose skin, sagging muscles, and excess abdominal fat are ideal candidates for a tummy tuck. They end up with loose sagging skin on their belly for a variety of reasons, ranging from sudden weight loss to pregnancy to loss of skin elasticity due to aging. Losing a large amount of weight and going through a pregnancy ends up stretching your skin and abdominal muscles beyond their retractive power, which eventually leaves them resistant to typical weight-loss regimens.

Even though you might be fairly fit and healthy in a general sense, the flab on your tummy will be tough to deal with. While a flabby abdomen is a constant cause of embarrassment and discomfort, there are surgical procedures such as the tummy tuck that can help you get rid of all the excess fat and skin and achieve the waistline of your dreams.

What Is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Like?

The tummy tuck is a relatively simple procedure that is performed while the patient is under the effect of general anesthesia, which puts him/her to sleep for the entire duration of the operation. Your doctor will make an incision in the lower abdomen to reach out to the treatment site. The excess fat and skin tissues will then be trimmed out and the remaining tissues and muscles will then be contoured and pulled taut against the abdominal wall. The incision is then sutured and left to heal.

Your surgeon will let you know whether you will be able to go home the same day or you will have to stay overnight in the hospital. If you can go home the same day, have someone drive you home. Do not, under any circumstances, drive yourself home. It is recommended that you arrange someone to stay with you the first night after the procedure if you live alone.

Recovery and Results

You will need adequate time to recover after the tummy tuck surgery, wherein you might experience mild swelling or pain that can be relieved by the anti-inflammatory and analgesic prescription medication that your doctor suggests. Patients are advised against indulging in strenuous activities and are required to wear a compression garment to avoid accumulation of fluids in the operated area. The result will be a flatter, firmer, and beautifully contoured tummy. However, you will need to maintain the gorgeous results of your tummy tuck by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen in your everyday life.

Arrange an Appointment for a Tummy Tuck Consultation

To speak with a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, contact our office and arrange a consultation with Dr. Alexander Golger. Dr. Golger will be happy to help you achieve excellent results.